Oncology

Cancer is now more likely than getting married

Research from Macmillan Cancer Support has shown that you are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than you are to get married. Figures from the group have revealed that there were 361,216 cancers diagnosed in 2014 in the UK, compared to 289,841 marriages. Having the disease is also more common...

Cancer survivors have decreased fertility chances, study suggests

Women who have survived cancer are a third less likely to become pregnant than females who have never had any treatment. This is according to a study from a team at Edinburgh University, UK, which sheds some insight on the long-term impact the disease can have on fertility. It found that this...

Quarter of women missing smear tests ‘unaware they exist’

More than one-quarter (28 per cent) of women who are overdue a smear test are unaware of the cervical screening programme, a Cancer Research UK survey has revealed. The survey also revealed that 51 per cent of those overdue for the test said they intended to go in the future.These were more likely...

New test provides breast cancer prognosis

New research has revealed that using a molecular test called MammaPrint can show doctors whether breast cancer is likely to be terminal. During testing, 15 per cent of patients had an ‘ultralow risk’ of dying from breast cancer in the long term. The researchers estimated that as many as...

HPV testing ‘can lead to earlier detection of cervical pre-cancer’

Women who receive human papillomavirus (HPV) testing, as well as a cervical smear, receive a faster, more complete diagnosis of possible cervical pre-cancer. This is according to a study conducted by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), UK, and the University of New Mexico (UNM) Comprehensive...

Researcher to ‘train virus to kill ovarian cancer’

A UK-based scientist is beginning work to establish whether a virus can be ‘trained’ to fight ovarian cancer. Senior lecturer at Cardiff University, UK, Dr Alan Parker will examine whether the Ad5 virus, which can cause airway infections, can be genetically modified to destroy cancer...

Kadcyla to be made available through NHS England

The drug trastuzumab emtansine - known as Kadcyla - is going to be made routinely available for patients in England, UK, with an advanced type of breast cancer. NHS England has announced that a discounted deal has been agreed with the drug manufacturer. This has been backed by the National...

Pregnancy after breast cancer ‘does not increase risk of recurrence’

Having a baby after suffering from breast cancer does not increase the risk of the disease recurring, a new study has revealed. The researchers, from the Institut Jules Bordet in Brussels, Belgium, found that women who became pregnant after an early breast cancer diagnosis, including those with...

Cancer Research study looks at DCIS breast cancer links

A new group led by Cancer Research UK will look at the links between ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and breast cancer. Annually, roughly 6300 women are told they have the condition and are often warned that it can be an indication of future breast cancer, while some are told they have stage zero...

Daily drinking could lead to increased risk of breast cancer

Daily drinking could result in an increased risk of breast cancer, a new study has indicated. A study from the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and the American Institute for Cancer Research showed that sipping an average of ten grams of alcohol a day was linked to a five per cent increased breast...